Star Trek: The Next Generation - Birth of the Federation [PC Game]
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Developed by: Microprose - Published by: Hasbro Interactive (1999) - Space Simulation - Rated Everyone
Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Birth of the Federation, the first turn-based strategy game set in the vast Star Trek universe,
gives the player the option to control any one of five distinct empires. Elements of strategy include combat, diplomacy, and
resource management, as you take command of the Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Ferengi, or Cardassian forces.
As well as featuring the five major Star Trek empires, each with specific strengths and weaknesses, Birth of the Federation
contains over 30 different races to confront during gameplay. The Borg contingent hasn't been forgotten, as it poses a major
threat to all players. Interaction with other races can lead to war or alliance, depending on the player's strategic approach.
The game also features evolving technologies (either learned or acquired through conquest), economic issues spanning entire
solar systems, trade routes, complete reign over your starship fleet (construction, upgrade, mobilization, etc.), and three
specific victory conditions (two for solo play, one for multiplayer contests). Birth of the Federation supports up to five players
over the Internet or a local network.
There are five levels of difficulty (Simple, Easy, Normal, Hard, and Impossible) as well as options for random events, strategic and
tactical time limits, configurable galaxy size, and five starting civilization levels (Beginning, Early, Developed, Expanded and
Advanced) from which to choose. The game also includes four tutorials to help lower the learning curve.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Birth of the Federation is the first PC CD-ROM strategy game based on the rich Star Trek
universe! Forged from the cultures, time lines, events and technologies of the hit TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, this
turn-based epic emphasises resource management, combat and diplomacy. Control one of five major alliances: Federation,
Klingon, Romulan, Ferengi or Cardassian, each with its own set of abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Encounter over 30 exotic
races. And beware, there lurks the potential for a Borg invasion--threatening all players!
Manufacturer's Description: If a long, complicated journey into Star Trek minutiae sounds like your idea of a perfect weekend,
Birth of the Federation is certainly worth the time investment required to play it. That said, this is a very deep strategic game,
too abstract and complicated to appeal to the casual gamer.
Similar to space-expansion games like Master of Orion, Birth of the Federation is a race to gain control of the galaxy. In this case,
Klingons, Romulans, Ferengis and Cardassians compete with Jean-Luc Picard and the Federation.
|Platform: IBM PC Compatible
Publisher: Hasbro Interactive
Release Date: 1999
Developer: MicroProse Software, Inc.
Rating: ESRB: T (Teen)
System Requirements: Microsoft® Windows® 95 / 98 I